BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A judge has set bond at more than $100,000 for a man charged with attempted simple kidnapping, obscenity and more.
Joshua Fino, 19, of Baton Rouge, is accused of approaching two teenage girls in the parking lot of Cheer Force Academy and grabbing a woman at Bally's. He was booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on the following charges:
Attempted simple kidnapping
His bond was set at $111,000.
The East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office said the first incident happened on March 24 at LA Cheer Force Academy on Tiger Bend Road. According to reports, two teenage girls were leaving the building around 8 p.m. and trying to get into their vehicle when a man approached them and made inappropriate sexual comments. The girls left in their vehicle.
Deputies then responded to a call on Sunday night in reference to trespassing by the same man that made inappropriate comments to teenage girls in the parking lot. A staff member reported seeing the same Hispanic man in a black Volvo in the parking lot. He stated the vehicle sped away when he approached it.
Detectives have received similar complaints in the past several weeks about a man matching Fino's description.
Deputies reported a woman was followed from Bally's Fitness on Perkins Rowe to her vehicle parked at the Fresh Market parking lot on March 27. The victim stated the man appeared to be filming her with his phone. The victim reportedly stopped walking to let the man pass by and he appeared at her driver's side door when she got to her vehicle. The victim stated the man asked her personal questions and when she tried to get in her vehicle, he allegedly grabbed her arm and tried to pull her out the vehicle.
According to reports, the victim pulled away and slammed the car door, but the suspect went around to the passenger side. When he opened it and tried to get in, the victim quickly backed out of the parking space and drove off.
Detectives also responded to a call at Oakleigh Apartments on Perkins Road on March 31 in reference to an obscenity call. They said the victim told them a man matching Fino's description followed her around the parking lot and asked her inappropriate questions. A witness reportedly spotted Fino's vehicle, got the license plate number and gave it to detectives.